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Title In the land of plenty / directed and produced by Susana Aiken and Carlos Aparicio
Published Alexandria, VA : Filmakers Library, 1999


Description 1 online resource (61 min.)
Series VAST: academic video online
Summary Since Grapes of Wrath there has probably not been a more poignant picture of the migrant farm worker than this documentary. In the Land of Plenty has the added dimension that the workers are Mexican immigrants. Most do not speak English, and are undocumented with no means of protecting themselves from exploitation. These workers had little choice but to leave the villages in Mexico that could not offer them a livelihood. In the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California, we meet several gentle but weathered men and women and hear their stories. The facts are disturbing. Their wages are low and their living conditions are poor. They work long hours and often are exposed to toxic chemicals. Most workers have families, but are lacking health insurance and child care. The United Farmworkers Union has tried to organize. Richard Hobbs, Director of Immigrant Programs, points out that these immigrants as a group returned $100 billion more to the economy than they take. Their wages are taxed although they have no benefits. Yet they are looked upon with hostility by the government as well as by private citizens. With lively music and an appreciation of border culture, In the Land of Plenty provides a human portrait of workers at the mercy of a greedy system
Notes In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Subject Farmers -- Mexico
Migrant agricultural laborers -- California -- Social conditions
Migrant agricultural laborers -- California -- Economic conditions
Migrant agricultural laborers -- Economic conditions.
Migrant agricultural laborers -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Documentary films.
Form Streaming video
Author Aparicio, Carlos.
Aiken, Susana.
Filmakers Library online.